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By Jack Minor
Susan Dagget, wife of Sen. Michael Bennet, came to Greeley to collect school supplies for needy children and sought advice on unifying the Party following a difficult primary season.
On Aug. 25, Dagget came to the Weld County Democrats office to meet with local party members and collect their donations for needy children throughout the state. Dagget showed up in a 1964 Chevrolet mini-school bus painted to look like a Colorado license plate that said, “Bennet for Colorado.”
At the event the crowd of about a dozen people, most of whom were women, met with Dagget and were given a chance to ask her questions. Joe Perez, chairman of the Weld County Democrats, said the size of the crowd was down because of a conflict with a cookout with Rep. Betsy Markey at East Memorial Park. Perez said the Markey event was expecting protesters and many local democrats wanted to be there to show support.
Dagget said the bus was traveling all over the Front Range collecting school supplies. She was in Boulder on Monday and Colorado Springs on Tuesday. “We are raising awareness that “a lot of kids don’t have what they need at the start of school and it’s a way to help school districts with supplies to make sure poor kids whose parents” can’t afford to buy what they need.” Dagget said.
She also mentioned budget cuts on local districts are putting additional strains on families. The donations will be given to an organization that will distribute the supplies to districts as they need them.
In addition to answering questions, Dagget took the time to ask questions of those at the event. She asked for suggestions on how to “reunite the Democratic party and reach out to Romanoff supporters.” She mentioned that as a show of support she would write a personal check to Romanoff to help him pay off his campaign debt.
Among the suggestions given was for a visit by First Lady Michelle Obama to visit the state and help with the campaign. Dagget said she would pass the suggestion along but was not sure if Michelle would be doing much on the campaign trail saying jokingly, “That’s probably the smart thing for her to do.”
Those present said they were very enthusiastic about the campaign. Amanda Larson was there with her 11-week-old baby girl, Kennedy. “That’s a fine and noble democratic name.” Larson said.
Speaking of democratic voters in the recent election, she said 38 percent were first- time primary voters and 50 percent of the electorate had only voted in one other primary. She emphasized that it was going to be vital to
get voters to turn out and they would need to capture moderate Republican and independent votes in order to win in November. “There aren’t enough Democrats in the state for us to win with Democratic votes, we’re going
to have to spend a lot of effort reaching out to independents and moderate Republicans.” Dagget said.